We lean heavily on freeze dried meals when backpacking, but sometimes you want to eat something that wasn’t re-hydrated. We don’t eat a ton of packaged foods in our day to day life, but when we have a backpacking trip coming up, I find myself wandering down unfamiliar aisles at the grocery store waiting to… Read more »
I’ve been obsessed with slushes this summer. They are a refreshing, sweet treat with little to no sugar depending on how you make it. I just shared my current reigning favorite, a cherry limeade slush, but this strawberry lemonade slush is my kids’ favorite and a close second for me.
It’s probable that I’m the last person on earth to try Sonic’s Cherry Limeade Slush. One hot day after hiking midday, we grabbed some grub at Sonic and I couldn’t resist getting the much talked about cherry limeade slush. It was the perfect refreshment for a hot afternoon. I found myself craving the cherry limeade… Read more »
Last year, Noel and I had a temporary lapse in sanity and signed up to run an ultra marathon. There were things about it we expected to be hard – running that far, finding time to run that far, dealing with the physical consequences of running that far. One of the things we didn’t anticipate… Read more »
This year, we decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by backpacking through some of America the Beautiful’s purple mountain majesty. The kids have done a few backpacking trips with us, but this was our most ambitious one with kids yet. We went a total of 18 miles with a gain of 3500 feet over… Read more »
Nature has always been a place that calms and rejuvenates me. This has been especially true during this season of COVID-19. We are lucky to live within walking distance of a mesa and during Colorado’s “Stay at Home Order” we crossed and recrossed its terrain on runs, bike rides, and hikes. (Fortunately, exercise was deemed… Read more »
Oh, hello. It’s been awhile hasn’t it, but it’s not like anything has changed . . .
I’m a sucker for the manager’s special section of the grocery store. I can’t resist a deal and I get a certain thrill from sifting through the clearance items looking for treasure. Last summer, a few bags of Nature Valley’s Almond Butter Granola Bites landed in that corner of the store. I scooped up a… Read more »
I’ve been reading a few books lately about the Danish concept of Hygge and creating a mood of coziness really speaks to my soul. Every winter, I just want to hole up in a pair of fleece pants and make baked goods. While I often gravitate towards desserts, I also regularly make more practical things,… Read more »
Yesterday it was 78° and sunny, today it’s snowing. I’ve never been fond of winter and when I’m whiplashed into it, I’m even less fond. It causes me to dream about things like summer days and lemon blueberry cheesecake.
Natural Sugar Cookies with Lemon Raspberry Icing
Sugar cookies can be very deceptive. They often fall in two categories, the ones that are all looks and no personality and the ones that actually taste good, but are a bit homely. Many a time, I have foolishly fallen for the good looking sugar cookie at a party. And no this isn’t code for… Read more »
Whole Wheat Nutella Pop Tarts
Happy World Nutella Day! We’re likely going celebrate tonight by whipping up some Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes that we’ll top with whipped cream and gobble up while we watch the finale of the Biggest Loser on Hulu. A bit hypocritical? Perhaps . . .
With enough whipped cream and berries this was still yummy. We’ll spare you the recipe this time.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
I know it’s still January and it breaks some sort of code to post cookie recipes, but I just can’t help myself. Besides these cookies have some healthy elements, so those of you that are still going strong on your healthy eating goals don’t even have to feel like you’ve completely failed.
Special Occasion Potato Casserole
I really struggled with what to call this dish. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about the word “casserole” that conjures up images of mystery potluck dishes, funerals, or nights where mom just doesn’t want to think about feeding people and that’s definitely not the vibe I’m looking for here. Turning to the thesaurus… Read more »
Homemade Oreos With Cream Cheese Frosting
I’ve never particularly been a huge fan of oreos, but I think it’s because I was spoiled with plenty of delicious homemade cookies growing up. My grandmother had a delicious and easy recipe for homemade oreos that I used for years until I decided to abandon the use of shortening and store bought cake mixes…. Read more »
Screaming Banshee Smoothie
We try not to eat out a lot (which is not always easy with over ten restaurants popping up in the last year within a two-mile-radius of our house), so when we do we try to make choices that we won’t regret. One of our favorite places is a quaint cafe that serves breakfast and… Read more »
Chocolate Almond Nutballs with Creme Centers
I never thought I would learn the recipe for pure bliss at the age of twelve, but the first time I made these I knew I had found it. We had a guest teacher in my 4-H group who had previously worked for a little candy shop in my hometown and she told us that… Read more »
Citrus, Avocado, and Bacon Salad
We’ve foolishly bought those giant packages of salad greens from Costco a few times in the past with delusions of our small family actually being able to eat all of it before it begins decomposing in our crisper. We’d give ourselves pep talks and try to eat salad every day and though we’ve come close… Read more »
Post Thanksgiving Highlight Reel
The marathon is over. We hosted Thanksgiving this year. 10 people, 5 dishwasher loads, 12 lb turkey, and tubers galore. Good times were had by all. Here’s the rundown: